ROME, N.Y. – A Rome woman who called police to file a harassment complaint Wednesday is facing drug charges after the responding officer allegedly found her with crack cocaine.
According to Rome police, an officer responded to South George Street around 5:25 p.m. to speak with Alicia M. Pugliese, who claimed she was harassed at the Fastrac on Erie Boulevard West.
While the officer was interviewing Pugliese, a clear plastic sandwich bag containing a white, chunky substance fell from behind her onto the sidewalk. Pugliese picked up the bag and tried to hide it in her back pocket, but the officer recognized the substance, which appeared to be crack cocaine.
The officer arrested Pugliese at about 5:45 p.m. and brought her to the police station. Police tested the substance, which came back positive for cocaine. It was also found to be about 37 grams in weight.
Police say they also seized more than $2,500 in cash from Pugliese.
She is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a B felony.